Stylish Thoughts – Lee Lee’s Valise – Big Brooklyn Style


Lisa Dolan of Lee Lees Valise
Lisa Dolan of Lee Lee’s Valise

Today my stylish thoughts contributor is Carroll Gardens Brooklyn, New York based Plus size designer Lisa Dolan of Lee Lee’s Valise and star of the Foxtel TV show Big Brooklyn Style


What is the secret to great style?
The secret is mixing classic looks that flatter your body with a dash of runway glamour! Bold prints and vibrant colors are also a must as well as shape and definition. Wearing clothing that makes you smile gives off an air of confidence and people will take notice. That’s my secret!

How do you balance new trends with a more timeless look?
It’s the use of fabrics, colors and textures that are on trend in classic bodies! This will blend trendy and timeless in a way that will have all the other girls admiring you. Last Spring I used the color coral that was all over the runways. I put it in a contemporary lace in one of my classic bodies. It was the perfect marriage of trendy and timeless.

On the set of Big Brooklyn Style
On the set of Big Brooklyn Style

What is the one thing you would spend a lot of money on?
Foundations, Foundations, Foundations! A good bra is your best friend and will always support you no matter what you get yourself mixed up in! The proper foundation garments will add “perspective” to your look and put everything where it should go! You must have a bra that fits properly so that your clothes fit the way they were meant to fit. Fit models wear foundations and so should you! Give the girls a lift….and you will appear to have lost ten pounds!

Wearing the Cowl Neck Dress
Wearing the Cowl Neck Dress

What is your current obsession?
It’s all about the Cowl Neck for me right now! I created the perfect cowl neck dress and top for plus size. It will fit any size bust and be complimentary but not revealing. I didn’t want my customers to have to layer under it so the cowl neck falls right at the top of the cleavage leaving it all to the imagination. As always, my signature fit makes allowance for the hips and belly.

On Big Brooklyn Style
On Big Brooklyn Style

What’s the secret to looking polished?
Put some thought into what you are wearing. Have fun and play with pieces in your wardrobe to complete a look. Being prepared takes the guess work out of the process. The key is to avoid last minute choices. You’ll never look like you just threw something on…even if you did!

Lee Lee's Valise Store
Lee Lee’s Valise Store

Lee Lee’s Valise – NYC’s Unique, Fashion-Forward Clothing Catering to Plus-Size Women Sizes 10-28. You’ll find one-of-a-kind items that aren’t available anywhere else!

Check out Lisa Dolan from Lee Lee’s Valise on Big Brooklyn Style currently running on Foxtel’s LifeStyle You every Friday night at 8:30pm.

We will be LIVE TWEETING this Friday at 8:30pm Please follow @BigBklynStyle and @LeeLeesValise on Twitter!

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  • Great piece about Lisa, here store and what she is doing for plus size and just plain old average sized women! Truly, people come to her store who have never felt like they’ve had options and, for the first time, actually feel like they have choices in what they wear. Plus size women are the neglected majority and we need more women like Lisa who are bold enough to take a stand and design clothing for these women.

  • The most important thing I learned from Lisa was that patterns are my friend and help to really camouflage when I had always thought the opposite. That was really a surprise! Its fun to be able to wear something other than black and feel great! Oh and the DRIZZLE, I love love love love love my Franny(s)!

  • Hi Lisa,

    I watch your show on Foxtel in Australia. Love your personality and how you interact with your clients. The tips you deliver on style advise are fantastic. Well done a store in Australia would be great?.
    All the best to you and your staff.

    Sally Vobr(Byron Bay Australia NSW)

    • Thanks Sally! I’ve not seen it as I don’t have Foxtel – but I think it’s great that there are programs on TV like Lisa’s which show that you can have style at every size.

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